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Navy of Mexico transfers 11 men to INM after cargo ship reports them east of Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Eleven people of foreign nationality have been returned to land and transferred to INM facilities from Isla Mujeres. On Wednesday, the Secretary of the Navy reported the rescue of a small vessel carrying a crew of 11.

The rescue of the crew took place late Tuesday after the Isla Mujeres Port Captain was alerted to the sighting of a small boat by a large cargo vessel Tuesday evening. The vessel reported the sighting approximately 39 nautical miles (72 kilometers) northeast of Isla Mujeres.

Members of the Mexican Navy located the small wooden boat and the cargo ship approximately 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) from the island of Isla Mujeres. The cargo ship had the boat’s 11 male crew on board.

The 11 foreign nationals were transferred from the cargo ship onto a Navy vessel from where they were transferred to land. After a medical evaluation, all 11 men were then transferred to Puerto Juárez and then again, over to Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) officers.

On August 27, another cargo ship passing the east side of the island of Isla Mujeres also reported sighting a vessel carrying 16. Mexican Navy personnel met the boat 15 nautical miles (28 kilometers) of Isla Mujeres. All 16 foreign nationals on board were transferred to INM officials.